Neo-nazi pasta?!

One of the presents that Jane received for her birthday, a week past Thursday, was a fresh pasta maker and accompanying pasta drying rack. Well, as a surprise this morning, while she was still asleep, I assembled the pasta rack …

Pasta rack

… only to discover that it appears to be some kind of neo-nazi pasta drying rack: three concentric swastikas. Actually, that’s unfair as the swastika was originally a peaceful and holy symbol.

The swastika (from Sanskrit स्वस्तिक svastika) is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles in either left-facing (卍) or right-facing (卐) direction. The swastika is a holy symbol in Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. In the West, it is most widely known and used as a symbol of Nazism. It is traditionally oriented so that a main line is horizontal, though it is occasionally rotated at forty-five degrees. The Hindu version is often decorated with a dot in each quadrant.
(Source: Wikipedia article about the Swastika)

So, just clarify, in case you were in any doubt whatsoever: Jane is not a nazi*, she just enjoys making fresh pasta. I’m glad we cleared that one up.

(* I’m glad she’s not because, amongst the myriad of other reasons that I should probably also list here, my paternal grandfather was Jewish!)

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 50 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Sky. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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